A man holds up a sign featuring an altered Google logo during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Washington in December 2018. Photo: Bloomberg
Graeme Maxton
Opinion

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The View by Graeme Maxton

What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access

  • American tech companies want to offer cloud services in China so they can gain access to data on Chinese consumers. Beijing fears this allows US firms a way to influence opinions on more controversial subjects

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A man holds up a sign featuring an altered Google logo during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Washington in December 2018. Photo: Bloomberg
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Graeme Maxton

Graeme Maxton

Graeme Maxton is a full member and past secretary general of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. His latest book, Change! Why We Need a Radical Turnaround, will be published in 2018. He is the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change, and the sole author of The End of Progress: How Modern Economics Has Failed Us. Both books were international best-sellers. He was previously with The Economist Group in Hong Kong.